Monthly Archives: December 2011

Hymn of the week: Come, let us anew

With the demise of Watchnight services in most of British Methodism this hymn and its associated ‘rollicking tune’ (Elizabeth Hart, All Loves excelling) DERBY (aka DERBE) is not as well known as it once was, when it was described having … Continue reading

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Have a very blessed Christmas

It is now very late in Advent, indeed as I write Christmas Eve is just a few minutes away. We spent most of today food shopping in preparation for Christmas dinner – we are expecting 15 or so on Christmas … Continue reading

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Challenge your pre-suppositions this Christmas, says Methodist President

From the Methodist Church Media Service: The Revd Leo Osborn, President of the Methodist Conference, has challenged people to push past their assumptions about the nativity story this Christmas. Mr Osborn said that asking God to take away our belief … Continue reading

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Methodist ministers may be employees

So says the Court of Appeal, upholding the previous finding of the Employment Appeal Tribunal in the case of Haley Preston (formerly Moore) vs. the President of the Methodist Conference. The background to this case is that in 2009 Ms … Continue reading

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Sermon: Drawing close to the baby in the manger

A short sermon for Christmas. If you wish, it is still possible today to travel to Bethlehem and visit the place of Jesus’ birth. Rebuilt in the year 565, the Church of the Nativity is one of the oldest churches … Continue reading

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Sermon: You are to call him Jesus

A short sermon preached last Sunday, when the service included a baptism. It is a reworking of older material, the original sources of which I have long forgotten. Luke 1:26-38 The angel said to Mary “You will conceive and give … Continue reading

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Prayer for the Philippines

The devastation in the Philippines caused by Tropical Storm ‘Sendong’ has been truly shocking. Stories of remarkable survival cannot compensate for the scale of the tragedy silently witnessed by the bodies of the dead which are still being washed ashore. … Continue reading

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